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This is the Christmas season. The Twelve Days of Christmas 2020 starts on Friday, December 25, 2020, and ends on Tuesday, January 5, 2021,
The December solstice can be on December 20, 21, 22, or 23 in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, December 21 is the first day of winter and is the shortest and darkest day of the year. This day is known as the winter solstice.
The winter solstice time is a gradual return of light. For people in general and for yogis and yoginis in particular, the winter solstice is the time to find the inner light to strengthen their intentions for the coming year.
Find Your Inner Light
During this Christmas period in this challenging year:
- Be at peace with yourself, in tune with nature, and in harmony with life.
- Breathe: Use your breath to calm or energize yourself as needed.
- Celebrate winter.
- Commit to a regular yoga practice or fitness routine.
- Compassion: See how it feels to have a deep awareness of the suffering of another person, and the wish to help relieve it.
- Devotion to something else: Nurture a habit, a hobby, or a way of thinking that uplifts you and others.
- Digital detox: Cut back on-screen time. Give your loved ones the attention they need. Find a way to break the digital spell. Turn off your phone, tablet, laptop, computer, and other electronic gadgets, and relax.
- Duality: Let inner joy fill you despite a desolate world outside for those living in the northern hemisphere.
- Forgiveness: Surrender to the spirit of tolerance and understanding.
- Gratitude: Your sense of thankfulness and happiness when you receive a gift, either something of value given by someone or a fortunate event.
- Harmony: Design your life from now on with unity and harmony.
- Healing: Let your lifestyle and choices be conducive to good health. May those who are ill or heartbroken recover their health, their strength, and their joie de vivre.
- Heart-Centered and Love: Be in a state of peace where your life choices line up with your values and your deepest desires.
- Laugh: It is scientifically proven that laughter is the best medicine. Yoga for Laughter classes is popping in many places.
- Mindfulness: Observe the events of any situation you find yourself in without judging it as good or bad.
- Open-Minded: Listen without prejudice to the views and opinions of others.
- Reflection: Take a few minutes every day to assess your feelings and explore your inner world. Let yourself feel joy and let it permeate your whole being.
- Space: respect the need of others for personal space and honor your own need for space. Personal space is a physical space surrounding you that includes the area where you feel safe.
- Stillness: Take time to sit still and let your mind feel the quietness and serenity of the season.
- Unchain yourself: Let go of worries, emotional suffering, and psychological holding.
- Understanding: The mental and sometimes emotional process of grasping and assimilating knowledge.
Yoga Poses Fit for Christmas
Yoga poses aim to free our joints and target different muscle groups to improve their functioning.
Many poses got their names from observing the behavior of animals like the downward dog, cat, cow, camel, and lion, or were named after sacred geometric figures or legendary heroes like Matsya.
But some yoga poses have names that we can connect to Christmas like:
- Five-Pointed Star pose shining like the Star of Bethlehem.
- Tree pose like a Christmas tree with sparkling lights.
- Dancer’s pose like dancing to the stars in the moonlight.
- Chair pose like a flickering candle sitting on the sill.
- Hero pose reminds us of the fictitious figure of Santa Claus who is the hero of the children of the world as he faces every year the elements and time to deliver their gifts on time.
To Soothe the Holiday Stress
Try one or more of these approaches to soothe the holiday feeling of stress:
- Savasana or Corpse pose
- Legs Up The Wall: lie on your back on a blanket or your yoga mat and rest your legs on the wall or the edge of a bed.
- Meditate: sit comfortably and make sure that no one will disturb you for ten to fifteen minutes. Close your eyes and let your attention on your breathing noticing the inhalation and exhalation.
- Breathe to reinvigorate yourself. Inhale to the count of 8 and exhale to the count of 12. Notice how your body fills with energy.
May this festive period bring you joy and good health!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.